SXSW has come and gone and every second of it was exhausting. Driving through Austin was an insane adventure everyday especially at the Gaming Expo were that had real live Mario Cart. It was basically just a make-shift go cart rink behind the Palmer Event Center but it still fulfilled childhood dreams. I never got to try it though due to bad weather on Saturday and a tight schedule on Sunday.
Saturday was amazing despite the weather and massive amount of people crowding the convention hall. The only panel I caught was Marvel and I’m so happy that I had the chance to witness it. The panelist included TQ Jefferson, Arune Singh, Axel Alonso, Kristin Vincent, and Ryan Penagos. One of the things they discussed was they their Augmented Reality App will be receiving an update. Basically, you hold your phone over a comic any time you see an AR code. An exclusive behind video is suppose to show. For those who’ve tried it, it’s not the greatest thing the world and surprisingly difficult to get the image aligned to make ANYTHING play. Also discussed was the Marvel API. If you’re a developer or REALLY into coding, this may be your thing. You have 70 years worth of Marvel’s history to play with. Things were already pretty enjoyable but it only got better with guest appearances via Skype of Brian Bendis and
Agent Phil Coulson Clark Gregg! They talked about their, answered questions and everyone fangirled. It was a good panel.
The rest of Saturday and Sunday was dedicated to wandering aimlessly around hoping for free things and being mesmerized by all the 3D printing companies. If you have several hundred dollars burning a hole in your pocket you could even get a miniature version of yourself printed. It was actually a bit surprising how many companies dedicated to 3D printing were there. At this rate, it’s only a matter of time before 3D printers are just as common as regular ones. They may even follow the same sale patterns of cheap printers but expensive “ink.”
It was a pretty good event that I enjoyed. A little more organized and a little more crowded than last year. I’m hoping next year to see more from NASA and maybe competing comic book companies stepping up their game. (*coughDCcough*) Regardless, I look forward to next year’s exhausting chaos that is the SXSW Gaming Expo.